Smile Center debunks the myths!
Teeth whitening is a hot topic. Strips and gels are bought mercilessly in an effort to achieve a whiter, brighter smile and we’re forever opting for a brand of toothpaste which claims to whiten our smile in a matter of weeks. There’s no harm in trying, right? But with so many whitening products and treatments at our fingertips, how can we tell what’s effective, and more importantly, what’s safe for us to be using on a regular basis? We turned to the experts at Lan Kwai Fong’s premium teeth whitening station, Smile Center to help us debunk the myths behind the procedure and the importance of opting for a peroxide-free treatment.
Will teeth whitening damage my enamel?
“Yes… and no,” confirms Smile Center. “Peroxide can be harmful to gums and teeth, which is why the product must only be used by qualified dentists. As an alternative, Smile Center offers a cosmetic procedure using only peroxide-free products, making the whole experience totally safe for clients,” they continue.
“The gel whitens your teeth only on the surface and won’t penetrate the enamel, and we use an LED lamp as a whitening accelerator that doesn’t transmit warmth or UV light. All of our products and LED lamps are certified by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and meet the EU and Swiss safety standards on cosmetic teeth whitening, so you know that you’re in good hands.”
Once whitened, will [my teeth] stay white forever?
“Sorry, but no! Whitening treatments will whiten your teeth initially, but your DNA, oral hygiene and especially your eating habits will all play a part in the colour of your teeth. The results of our cosmetic treatment can last up to three months, however.”
Will whitening my teeth make them look unnatural?
“While we all want a ‘Hollywood smile’, no one wants the procedure to look too obvious!” Many people fear that undergoing a teeth-whitening procedure will leave their teeth blindingly white, but “this isn’t actually possible as a cosmetic teeth whitening treatment can whiten your teeth, but your teeth aren’t able to go whiter than their original colour.”
Does whitening cause tooth sensitivity?
Again, “yes and no,” says Smile Center. “It is peroxide which is responsible for tooth sensitivity as it opens the pores of the enamel, leaving your teeth feeling more sensitive to all external agents, including certain foods, for days after your treatment.” The more that your teeth are exposed to peroxide, the higher the risk of increased sensitivity. “This is why whitening strips, for which there is a prolonged exposure, typically cause tooth sensitivity and sore gums. But, at Smile Center, we don’t use any peroxide, so you won’t experience such discomfort!”
Sassy Perk: Smile Center not only offers fast, painless and affordable cosmetic teeth whitening treatments, but you can expect your results to be two to ten shades whiter in around just 60 minutes! Results are immediate and can last up to three months. Interested? Throw out your whitening strips and head to its cosy space in Lan Kwai Fong. Don’t forget to mention Sassy when booking to get a $100 discount on its treatments. This offer is valid until Wednesday, 5 June 2019.
Brought to you in partnership with Smile Center